People

Above: The Olson Lab.

Bradley J.S.C. Olson

Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator

Education
  • BS, Biochemistry, The University of Nebraska
  • PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
  • Post-doc, The Salk Institute
  • Award and Honors
  • 2013, Resident faculty of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2010 – present, Associate, Faculty of 1000 Biology
  • 2008 – 2011, Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH/NIGMS Postdoctoral Fellow, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, Department of Plant Science Summer Fellowships, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 2001 – 2007, Nathan Edward Tolbert Memorial Fellow, Michigan State University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, East Lansing, MI
  • 2001 – 2007, Plant Sciences Fellow, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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    I have been interested in evolutionary state transitions ever since high school when I became fascinated by the endosymbiosis theory of organelle evolution. I have pursued my interest in evolutionary biology throughout my career, primarily being trained in biochemistry and molecular genetics.

    In the rare instances he is found outside the lab, Brad enjoys traveling, photography, biking and woodworking.

    Tara Marriage, PhD

  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kansas
  • Tara is a post-doc in the Olson lab. She is working on the genomics of the Volvocine algae. Tara is a NIH/K-INBRE postdoctoral fellow.

    Adelaide Delahaye

  • PhD Student (Biology)
  • Adelaide is a new graduate student in the lab who is interested in how cell cycle regulation is modified to evolve multicellular organisms. She also is interested in the evolution of cancer.

    Chris Berger

  • MS Student (Biology)
  • Chris is a new graduate student in the lab interested in the mechanisms that drive evolutionary transitions such as multicellularity.

    Sarah Cossey

  • BS in Biology expected in 2015
  • Sarah is a sophomore undergraduate researcher in the Olson lab. She is a 2012/2013 recipient of a Johnson Cancer Center undergraduate research award.

    Andrea Kieffer

  • BS in Biology expected in 2014
  • Andrea is a junior undergraduate researcher in the Olson lab. She is a 2012/2013 recipient of a Johnson Cancer Center undergraduate research award, and a 2014 KSU Ecogen URM fellowship.

    Jaden Anderson

  • BS in Biology expected in 2015
  • Jaden a sophomore undergraduate researcher in the Olson lab.

    Katherine Johnson

  • BS in Biology
  • Katherine is a sophmore undergraduate researcher in the Olson lab.

    Halle Sparks

  • BS is Biology
  • Halle is a fresham undergraduate in the Olson lab. She is supported by the K-State Developing Scholars program whose mission it to support oustanding minority students.

    Alumni

    Nicole Richardson

    Nicole is a Ecogen NSF REU and SUROP student from the University of Iowa. Nicole is finishing her BS degree at the University of Iowa and is headed to public health graduate school in 2014.

    Nicole holding a snake

    Above: Nicole's first experience holding a snake during an REU trip

    Nallely Baron-Garcia

    Nallely was a 2012 summer NSF REU and SUROP student. She is currently finishing up her BS degree and intends to go to medical school.

    Nallely and Brad as SUROP 2012

    Above: Nallely receiving her SUROP completion certificate after presenting her research at the 2012 SUROP research forum